Marking the day of Yom HaShoah and Holocaust Remembrance Week, President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden hosted their first official film screening at the White House on Thursday.
The President and the First Lady screened HBO’s “The Survivor,” in the White House movie theater on the ground floor of the East Wing, as a special commemoration to millions that died during the holocaust.
The film tells the story of boxer Harry Haft, who put the lives of fellow concentration camp prisoners at risk to save his own. The movie dramatizes Haft’s experience in Auschwitz, a central part of the Nazi death camp system.
Director Barry Levinson, actor Ben Foster, who plays Haft, the film’s producers, and representatives of the American Jewish Community graced the event, the White House said.
HBO debuted “The Survivor” on Wednesday to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day. The film honors the 6 million Jews who died as part of Nazi Germany’s mass murder of European Jews.